Galapagos Private Journey

Aboard The Vision with an Expert Naturalist Guide

Note: This trip must start on a Saturday

Overview

The Galápagos Islands are truly “a world unto themselves,” as Darwin wrote. Aboard your own private yacht with your naturalist guide, set off into Darwin’s world for an active journey full of nature hikes, snorkeling, and wonder. Abundant marine life makes for fantastic snorkeling, and swimming with playful sea lions is an experience you’ll never forget! A Private Journey allows you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions—and still enjoy the signature quality of a Wilderness Travel group trip. The Vision has two 7-night/8-day routes (Eastern Itinerary and Western Itinerary) operating Saturday to Saturday—or opt to combine both for a 15-day Ultimate Galápagos journey! Your route will depend on your travel dates. No matter which itinerary you choose, you’ll enjoy hiking, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking, and the unforgettable experience of life aboard a romantic yacht. Each itinerary sees all the major species of the Galápagos. For any questions about the differences between these routes, please reach out to our team of Area Specialists.

Itinerary at a Glance

Eastern Islands Itinerary

Days 1-3
Punta Espejo / Genovesa (Tower) Island / Rábida Island / Sullivan Bay

Fly to Baltra, board your yacht, and enjoy a snorkeling session around Punta Espejo on Marchena Island then navigate to Genovesa (Tower) Island for a walk among its huge colony of photogenic red-footed boobies perched in palo santo trees—the only member of the booby family to nest in trees. Rábida’s red-sand beaches give way to a saltwater lagoon with greater flamingos and white-cheeked pintails, and on Santiago Island, you will walk the recent lava flows of Sullivan Bay, with their fresh pahoehoe formations.

Days 4-5
Bartolomé Island / Santa Cruz Highlands / Charles Darwin Research Station

A hike to the top of Bartolomé offers breathtaking views of Pinnacle Rock, the Galápagos’ most famous icon, and neighboring Santiago Island. We’ll be on the lookout for tiny Galápagos penguins, the only penguin species that lives north of the equator. On Santa Cruz Island, head up into the highlands to visit El Chato Tortoise Reserve and search for these giant creatures in the wild. You’ll also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station’s tortoise-breeding facility. Established in 1959, the research station works closely with the Galápagos National Park Service to protect the islands. Here you’ll see giant tortoise species from several different islands.

Days 6-8
Punta Suarez / Santa Fé Island / Los Gemelos

Sail to fascinating Española, the southernmost island in the archipelago, for a spectacular walk on Punta Suarez near marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and Galápagos sea lions. The huge waved albatross, with its seven-foot wingspan, are considered endemic not only to the Galápagos but also to Española. On Santa Fé Island, you’ll have the chance to snorkel in the beautiful turquoise waters before heading to South Plaza (Plaza Sur), where huge seagoing marine iguanas roam the shores, and swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds rest. En route to the airport, make a short stop at Twin Craters (Los Gemelos). Disembark on Day 8 in Baltra.

 

Western Islands Itinerary

Days 1-3
Santa Cruz Island / Darwin Station / Floreana / Isabela

Fly to Baltra, board your yacht, and explore the lush Santa Cruz highlands to look for the giant Galápagos tortoises that gave the islands their name. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station’s tortoise-breeding facility, and cruise to Floreana for a walk to a salt-water lagoon where flamingos wade. Snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a volcanic rock formation, and visit historic Post Office Bay, where sailors once left letters to be picked up by the next passing ship. Land at Punta Moreno on Isabela for a walk on a superb broken lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes—some are still active!

Days 4-5
Urbina Bay / Santiago Island / Espumilla

Visit Urbina Bay, with its black-sand beach where green sea turtles nest, hike at Tagus Cove, once an anchorage for pirate boats. At Santiago, visit magnificent Puerto Egas, where you might see Darwin’s finches and the endemic Galápagos hawk. Enjoy idyllic Espumilla Beach, a great place for swimming and snorkeling and an important site for nesting marine turtles.

Days 6-8
Black Turtle Cove / North Seymour / Las Bachas

At Santa Cruz, visit  Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon where pelicans and herons roost on the branches while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to our Zodiac. Hike among prehistoric-looking marine iguanas and a colony of magnificent frigatebirds at North Seymour. Land at Las Bachas, a major nesting site for green sea turtles, and where you can also look for marine iguanas and visit a saline lagoon where flamingos wade. Disembark on Day 8 in Baltra.

Highlights

Highlights

Travel in comfort and style aboard your own private luxury yacht
Enjoy the intimate size and wonderful amenities of the Vision, carrying only 8 guests
Active journey full of nature hikes and wildlife wonders
Snorkel with playful sea lions and tiny Galápagos penguins

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $57,000  
Arrive: Baltra, Galapagos
Depart: Baltra, Galapagos
Lodging: 7 nights aboard the yacht
Meals: All meals included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Boat and Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife and Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Daily hikes, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking
Galapagos 2023 brochure

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View our online digital brochure of The Galápagos Islands 2023, featuring incredible wildlife adventures in Darwin’s Islands aboard the yacht Mary Anne, or the luxury yachts Vision or Passion. Or request a print copy to be sent by mail, or by calling 800-368-2794.